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Indian Gooseberry, Amla

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Amla is a deciduous tree that belongs to the family Phyllanthaceae. It is well known for its medicinal fruit.

What makes it special:

  • One of the best medicinal plants.
  • One of the best source of vitamin c.
  • Easy to care and maintain.

 


Amla is small to the medium-sized deciduous tree, which is known for its edible fruit of the same name. The tree has a crooked trunk and spreading branches. The leaves are simple, nearly stalkless and closely set along slender branchlets.

Amla is  a small to medium sized tree which is well known for its medicinal fruit having the same name as that of a tree. Amla is highly found in Indian home remedy recipes.

About Indian Gooseberry

Amla leaves are someimes mistaken for leaflets of pinnate leaves. The flowers of amla tree are small and greenish-yellow or pinkish in color. The flowers consists of six segments, but no real petals. The fruit is almost spherical, light greenish-yellow, quite smooth and hard on appearance, with 6 vertical  furrows.

Ripening in autumn, the berries are harvested by hand after climbing to upper branches bearing the fruits.

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Description

 

Common Name Indian gooseberry, Amlaki, adiphala, dhatri, amalaka, amali, amalakamu, usirikai, Anola, Amlika, nellikai, malacca tree, nillika, nellikya, emblic.
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 26 feet
Flower Colour Greenish-yellow or pinkish
Bloom Time Late Winter / Early Spring
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting And Care

Sunlight

The plant should be kept outdoor in natural bright light but an exposure to direct harsh sunlight can cause damage to the foliage.

 

Soil

A well drained and fertile rich in organic soil is preferred.

 

Watering

Water the plant if it feels dry to touch the topsoil. You can check the moister by poking small stick or finger into the soil.

A handsome amount of water is preferred in the summers while reducing the same in the rainy season.

 

Application of Fertilizer

The plant should be fed organic fertilizers once a month during their growing season.

Make the topsoil lose without interfering the roots so that it can consume the moisture and nutrients easily.

 

Re-potting

A plant should be re-potted with some fresh potting soil and fertilizers when it outgrows the current pot.

The re-potting should be done late in the evening and it should be kept in the shady place for 2-3 days to provide the suitable climate conditions.

 

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Plant Protection

A dead, infected or damaged part should be disposed away from the planting area.

A natural spray of Neem, Eucalyptus or Citrus oil should be given in case of any insect/pest attack, as a primary treatment.

 

Don’ts

Avoid over-watering this plant when the pot doesn’t have any drainage holes.

 

Indian Gooseberry Care

Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:

The plant should be kept in natural indirect light.

A finger or a stick can be poked into the soil to check the soil moisture.

Water when topsoil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch.

Do not re-pot it, after receiving it for a minimum of  two months.

 

Key requirements to keep the plant healthy:

Sunlight Natural bright light.
Watering Water the plant if it feels dry to touch the topsoil. You can check the moister by poking small stick or finger into the soil.A handsome amount of water is preferred in the summers while reducing the same in the rainy season.
Soil Soil should be well-drained and fertile, rich in organic content.
Temperature Up to 40 degrees Celsius.
Fertilizer The plant should be fed organic fertilizers once a month during their growing season.Make the topsoil lose without interfering the roots so that it can consume the moisture and nutrients easily.
Harvest Season Summer

Indian Gooseberry Special Feature

The fruit of this plant has high antioxidant content.

Indian Gooseberry Uses

Medicinal Use:

  • Highly used in many ayurvedic and pharmaceutical preparations.
  • It is packed with several medicinal properties such as antiviral, anticancer, anti-diabetic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Note: The following information is general guidelines. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider for guidelines.

 

Culinary Use:

  • The Amla fruit is used in various sauces, candy, dried chips, pickle, jellies and powder.

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